the people I love away from me.
There has been too much heat
and too little shade these days.
You find neighbors in their porches
talking politics and having lemonade.
We now plant people like trees.
They grow arms as long as branches
which still fail to touch the clouds
but make great hangers for hopes.
Bring the canary back into the house by nightfall.
- says your last note
This is the lesson you leave us.